Monday, April 17, 2023

Seated Exercises to Relieve Back Pain

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Need a solution to help with back pain you can start right now?

If back pain has you down, take a seat and listen up. You can start on the path to less pain right now from the comfort of your chair with these three simple exercises.

For these exercises, you can sit on the floor or a chair. Keep your core muscles tight throughout the movements to support your back.

  1. Hamstring: Stretch one leg straight in front of you. With your back straight, reach for your foot and pull your belly toward your thigh. Stretch until you feel tension in your back and the back of your leg. If you can’t reach your foot, it’s okay to bend your knees a little as long as you still feel the stretch in your hamstring. Hold for ten seconds and repeat on the other side.
  2. Rotational: Sit on the floor or in a chair. Cross your right leg over your left. Then place your left elbow against the outside of the right knee so your shoulders rotate away from your legs. Press against your knee gently to deepen the stretch. Hold for ten seconds and repeat on the other side.
  3. Bracing: Keep your back straight with your hands resting on your lower abs. Tighten your core muscles to pull your belly button in towards your spine. Take three slow breaths while pulling your belly button in farther with each exhale. Relax and repeat at least ten times.

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For better results, make the time to do these exercises twice a day every day. For best results, pair your workouts with a free consultation with us at Pivotal Chiropractic. There is no better way to beat back pain in Ann Arbor than by letting us build a custom plan for you. Give us a call today.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Lying Down Exercises for Back Pain

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Dealing with back pain but don’t have a clue how to resolve it?

You’re not alone and you don’t have to take the pain lying down. Instead, start working on your pain lying down. Set aside a few minutes twice a day to complete these four lying down back exercises and you should start feeling some relief!

With each of these exercises, you’ll start in the same position, lying down on the floor with bent knees and feet flat on the floor. To support your spine throughout the exercises, keep your core muscles tight.

  1. Knee to Chest: Slowly bring one knee up towards your chest and use your arms to pull the knee inward, or simply hold, for five seconds.
  2. Rotational: Keeping your shoulders anchored to the floor, drop your knees in a controlled motion to one side of your body. Hold the stretch for ten seconds, then switch to the other side.  
  3. Bridge: With your shoulders anchored on the floor, press with your feet to lift your hips skyward. Press until your body is a straight line from your knees to your shoulders and hold for five seconds. Repeat at least ten times.
  4. Pelvic Tilt: Gently roll your pelvis to arch your back and push your stomach out. Hold for five seconds. Roll your pelvis in to press your lower back to the floor and tighten your ab muscles. Hold for five seconds. Repeat at least ten times.

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Once you’ve finished your first round with these exercises, don’t stop there. Take the next step to conquering your back pain in Ann Arbor and call the professionals. At Pivotal Chiropractic, we want to help you feel your best. Reach out today for a free consultation.